Starts Thursday: Constitution celebrated in Shelton

 Mayor Mark A. Lauretti signed a proclamation encouraging citizens to observe Constitution Week Sept. 17-23. Regent of the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Christy Hendrie and Linda Tidrick, vice regent, Linda Papp, Recording Secretary, and Mary Rozsa Constitution Week Chair received the proclamation from the mayor.

Constitution Week was signed into law (Public Law No. 915) by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956, after the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside a week for the Constitution.

The aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution and preserving it for posterity; to inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s heritage and the foundation for the American way of life; and to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

The local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution has worked to encourage all citizens to honor the weeklong commemoration of one of America’s most important documents. The purpose of the commemoration is to educate the public, both young and old, of the importance of the Constitution to the nation’s history and to its future generations.

During the month of September, Plumb Memorial and Huntington Branch public libraries have displays about the U.S. Constitution to create awareness of one of the nation’s important documents.

The DAR perpetuates the memory and spirit of the men and women who won American independence. The group also helps maintain historic state properties. Any woman older than 18 who can prove an ancestor served in the American Revolution is a prospective member. For more information on the DAR go online at